Saitama Seibu Lions (埼玉西武ライオンズ)
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[4/21/2018] Takeya Nakamura hurts left shoulder

Takeya Nakamura hit his left shoulder on the ground while playing defense in the fifth inning of a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at MetLife Dome on April 21. He  was removed from the game on defense in the sixth inning as a precaution. He did not go to the hospital. The Seibu Lions will wait to see how Nakamura is feeling on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018

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[4/16/2018] Brian Wolfe leaves start with elbow discomfort

Brian Wolfe started a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei on April 15. He was pulled from the game after he developed some tingling near his right elbow (he left after he threw two pitches to the eleventh batter of the first inning). The Seibu Lions will make a decision on Wolfe after he gets checked out at the hospital.

Source: Sanpso 4/15/2018, Sponichi 4/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2018

[UPDATE 4/18 @ 3:38pm]

Wolfe was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on April 16. Doctors found that the tingling was caused by an ulnar nerve coming into contact with bone. He was treated with an injection. He was able to throw about thirty pitches in the bullpen on April  17.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/17/2018, Sponichi 4/17/2018, Sanspo 4/17/2018

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[4/10/2018] Hideto Asamura leaves game after fouling pitch off foot

Hideto Asamura fouled a pitch off the top of his left foot during an at bat in the eighth inning against the Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine on April 10. He finished out the at bat (ground out to first), but was removed on defense in the bottom of the inning. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/10/2018

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[4/7/2018] Seibu Lions extend winning streak to seven games

The Seibu Lions beat the Orix Buffaloes 6-3 today and extended their winning streak to seven games (Yusei Kikuchi, Shinsaburo Tawata, Brian Wolfe, Ken Togame, Fabio Castillo, Kikuchi, and Tawata). This is the first time the franchise started a season with a winning streak of seven or more games since 1991.

All seven victories during the streak have been recorded by the starting pitcher. The Lions set a new franchise record yesterday and tied the NPB record today (longest winning streak to start a season where all victories were recorded by the starting pitcher). The previous record of five was set in 1956, 1966, and 1990.

Source: Sanspo 4/7/2018, Daily Sports 4/6/2018, Sponichi 4/7/2018

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[4/3/2018] Tomomi Takahashi taken off active roster with shoulder joint pain

Tomomi Takahashi left an outing against the Nippon Ham Fighters on March 31 after facing just two hitters. He was removed from the game because of discomfort in his left shoulder. He was taken of the active roster on April 1.

Takahashi was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on April 2 and diagnosed with join pain in his left shoulder. He will be re-examined after the inflammation subsides.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/1/2018

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[3/14/2018] Yusei Kikuchi leaves start because of tight neck

Yusei Kikuchi started an exhibition game against the Chunichi Dragons on March 14. He was slated to throw around 100 pitches but left after one inning and twenty-one pitches. The media later learned that the Seibu Lions pulled Kikuchi from the game as a precaution because of a tight neck (he slept on it wrong). Assuming no issues, his next game could come on March 23 against Yokohama.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/14/2018, Sponichi 3/14/2018

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[3/14/2018] Hanshin Tigers, Seibu Lions agree to trade

The Hanshin Tigers and Seibu Lions announced earlier today that they agreed to a one-for-one player trade. The Tigers will send thirty-one-year-old Daiki Enokida to the Lions for thirty-two-year-old Yosuke Okamoto.

Source: Hanshin 3/14/2018, Seibu 3/14/2018

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[2/13/2018] Masatoshi Okada suffers cut on upper lip

Masatoshi Okada took a ball off his face and suffered a cut behind his upper lip that required three stitches.

The incident occurred during fielding practice on February 13. Okada was behind home plate preparing to catch a throw from right when the ball took a bad hop, hit his glove, and then his face. He was taken to a hospital in Nichinan for treatment.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2018

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[2/6/2018] Seibu Lions suspend Tatsuya Imai for underage smoking

The Seibu Lions announced today that they suspended nineteen-year-old Tatsuya Imai for underage smoking. The suspension will start on February 7 and end in May. Imai will not be allowed to wear the Seibu uniform and will not be allowed to play in any games during the suspension.

The Lions received a report from an outside source that Imai was spotted smoking in Tokorozawa in late-January. They confirmed the report was true after they sat down with Imai on February 5.

Source: Seibu 2/6/2018, Sanspo 2/6/2018, Tokyo Sports 2/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/6/2018, Daily Sports 2/6/2018, Sponichi 2/6/2018, Sports Hochi 2/6/2018

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[2/5/2018] Seibu Lions: Lions Classic 2018 Uniforms

The Seibu Lions held a press conference today to unveil the uniforms they will be wearing for Lions Classic 2018. Takumi Kuriyama and Takeya Nakamura modeled the uniforms for the press.

The uniforms are based on designed used between 2004 and 2008, when the Lions won two championships (2004 and 2008).

Schedule

Replica uniforms will be given away to ticket holders on April 17.

Source: Seibu 2/5/2018

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